19.9 C
Dublin
Monday, June 1, 2020
- Advertisement -

Adare Ryder Cup bid wasn’t all plain sailing – McGinley

Must read

The hazard of playing under coronavirus rules

Golf under coronavirus restrictions is a welcomed change of pace from lockdown cabin fever but it's also raising interesting questions that could change the game over time

Form is temporary, class is permanent…. 

Watch enough sport and you’re sure to hear it said, but as with all great clichés, the foundations are based on truth

A chance meeting on a Dublin bus

It's hard to imagine something like this happening these days given people's obsession with screens. We might not be so quick to stare at our phone next time we travel

Brady shows his human side (and nearly his backside) to the world

As athletes go, Tom Brady is about as unrelatable as they come, with a net worth of around $200 million & married to a supermodel, but he was one of us on Sunday night

It has come to light that Adare Manor’s confirmation to host the 2026 Ryder Cup was not all plain sailing; the attempted coup even getting a little ‘dodgy’ at times, according to Paul McGinley.

In the end, it is believed that the success of James Sugrue in capturing the Amateur Championship and then Shane Lowry in brilliantly winning The Open were the things that seemed to sway the vote in favour of Adare Manor.

McGinley, the 2014 European Ryder Cup captain, sat on the Ryder Cup Committee that helped choose the famed Co. Limerick course.

“It’s a great thrill,” said McGinley speaking to my colleague Martin Dempster at The Scotsman at this week’s Senior Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes.

“There have been a lot of rumours about it the last year. I was involved a bit and it didn’t get over the line easily. A lot of hard negotiations took place.

“Four, five, six weeks ago, things were a little bit dodgy, but some hard negotiations happened in the last month and Irish success obviously helped.”

The fact that some 235,000 spectators, nearly 70% of those Irish-born, attended The Open clearly helped and with the icing on the cake being Lowry capturing golf’s oldest major.

“Yeah, we are on a run, aren’t we,” added McGinley.

“We won the Amateur, follow that on a month later with Shane and such a great win for him, the Irish Open at Lahinch and now the Ryder Cup. Stars are shining on Ireland for sure.

“To have such a big high-profile event on the horizon is something to look forward to. In life, we all like something to look forward to, and certainly the country of Ireland is looking forward very much to 2026.”

Adare Manor, which is owned by JP McManus, underwent an extensive renovation two years ago and has been earning rave reviews, led by Padraig Harrington, Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry and McGinley when this journalist joined the foursome in May last year.

“JP has created something amazing down there and it got voted best hotel in the world last year,” observed McGinley.

“Tom Fazio golf course, I was involved with Pádraig in the design of it and went down and had a look at what he was doing and gave some feedback.

“I think it’s a great platform to host one of the biggest sporting events in the world now, you’d have to say.

“There’s a lot of competition to get the Ryder Cup to a country, and certainly from a European perspective, there’s a lot of competition out there and yes, JP has created a fabulous platform for us, but the Irish Government has stepped up to the plate for it to happen, and thankfully they did.”

New Gear

Get to grips with Golf Pride online

With restrictions still widespread, Golfers can find the perfect golf grip digitally with the Golf Pride online Grip Selector tool, offering us access to the company's most extensive ever range

Free GPS App from Bushnell Golf gets a massive upgrade

Free to download for all Bushnell Golf product owners, the new App provides access to state-of-the-art graphics and technology designed to further enhance a golfer's experience on the course

TaylorMade unveil timely MyMG2 personalised wedges

New custom wedge programme offers thousands of combinations to personalise the company’s latest wedge offerings

Golf needs its Putt Buddy now more than ever

An Irish company, run by Irish golfers have enlisted the help of Irish manufacturers to produce a stainless steel product that allows the ball to be removed from the hole without touching the flagstick

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

Singh pulls the plug on any Korn Ferry feud

Triple Major winning Vijay Singh has avoided any further controversy by deciding to withdraw from the Korn Ferry Tour Challenge, being held from June 11-14 at TPC Sawgrass

European Tour needs UK quarantine restrictions lifted to resume

European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley says there’s no guarantees that a proposed European Tour restart will go ahead as planned in July. Are you optimistic?

East of Ireland Championship cancelled for only second time in 80 years

Darren Clarke is the only Irish Major champion who posted an East of Ireland victory on his amateur golfing CV en route to becoming a world renowned figure in the game

Pelley says McIlroy’s Ryder Cup Stance Not ‘Unhelpful’

"He's so intelligent, he's so bright, and I love the way he speaks his mind. I've got no problem with that at all, and it's fantastic for our game"

Bright future in wait for Byron Nelson award winner Murphy

John Murphy claimed the prestigious Byron Nelson Award on Thursday and can now look forward to an invite to next May's AT&T amongst the stars of the PGA Tour